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Pancho And Lefty Chords

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"Pancho And Lefty"
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D# G# C# F# A# D#
The original from The Best of Townes Van Zandt is tuned down a half-step!

Finger pick A to Bm

Living on the road my friend
Was gonna keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron
     D                   A
Your breath's as hard as kerosene
You weren't your mama's only boy
        D               G
But her favorite one it seems
Bm                        G        A
She began to cry when you said goodbye
    G              Bm
And sank into your dreams

Pancho was a bandit boys
His horse was fast as polished steel
Wore his gun outside his pants
For all the honest world to feel
Pancho met his match you know
On the deserts down in Mexico
Nobody heard his dying words
That's the way it goes

All the federales say
D                       G
They could have had him any day
Bm                G     A 
They only let him hang around
       G             Bm
Out of kindness I suppose

Lefty he can't sing the blues
All night long like he used to
The dust that Pancho bit down south
Ended up in Lefty's mouth
The day they laid poor Pancho low
Lefty split for Ohio
Where he got the bread to go
There ain't nobody knows

All the federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him slip away
Out of kindness I suppose

The poets tell how Pancho fell
Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel
The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold
So the story ends we're told
Pancho needs your prayers it's true,
But save a few for Lefty too
He just did what he had to do
Now he's growing old

A few gray federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him go so wrong
Out of kindness I suppose
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richmoon70 wrote on August 23 2015, 10:46 pm

I think it goes to C instead of Am at the end of each verse and chorus

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Paulmurden wrote on April 12 2016, 04:23 pm

Misses a quick Bm in the second to last line of the verse

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mleschevin1 wrote on April 13 2016, 01:00 pm, edited at 01:01 pm

Great tab ! But , if you don't want to tune down, do what he did in Heartworn highways . Put a capo on the 1st , and instead of G play C , A -> G7 , G -> F. Bm -> Am , but for " She began to cry when you said goodbye " line , it actually goes from C to Dm . When playing the openin C he hits the third fret on the e string a few times and then do a pull- off ,then during the G7 he do a little walk ; it goes open B string , 3rd fret B string , 1st fret e string , and then he do a pull of and walk the same way the other way around . Also from passing from a verse to another , he do a walk up from Am to C , wich is Open A string , 2nd fret A string , 3rd fret A string . I didnt figure out all the variations during the F chord.. But i guess this can be usefull :)

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